UPDATE, Thursday, April 15. Just got another email from my new friend James Ray, this one with a cheery video embedded.
I happen to disagree with some of those who've commented here, because if this is a "strategy," it's a piss-poor one. One of Ray's lawyers (or someone) needs to tell him that with each new solicitation he sends out—or fails to prevent from going out, if these are indeed being generated automatically—he probably tacks on another month to his sentence, or another few hundred grand to the eventual jury award(s) against him. Is it even possible to look more venal or lacking in conscience?
I confess, I haven't been staying on top of the James Ray debacle as well as I ought to—and I haven't been able to fully keep up with what others have been posting, either—so I may be late to this party. (I'm working frantically on something new/potentially big again.) But I find it astonishing (albeit not entirely shocking) that Ray is still putting himself out there, trolling for new business, at a time when he's facing not just that pesky manslaughter rap, but a growing welter of lawsuits—now including a class action—over his failure to provide refunds to his existing customers for events that never took place.
In fairness to Ray, it would be one thing if he limited his overtures to the Web; you could make a case that those sites/pages were up long before the unpleasantness of last fall, and he simply hasn't taken them down. Thus any ongoing business prospecting would be passive, as it were. But yesterday, presumably because I registered for that event last month, I received from him an email with the subject line "Putting it into practice." As follows:
Dear ,*If you're reading this, James, I have a question: Just how big a set of cojones does it take to continue to pretend things are business-as-usual? S
I trust you're enjoying the series on Seven Factors for a Fulfilling Life and that you're getting very clear on who you are, why you’re here, and what you choose to accomplish.
Hopefully you’re also at minimum thinking about who can be a mentor in your life, and why it’s vitally important to have one… and if you've chosen that person that's even better!
Now it’s time to put some of these discoveries into action. Please check out the next video in your series entitled Practices.
Click here to watch: www.JamesRay.com
Have a magnificent and masterful day,
James Arthur Ray
P.S. I have a new partnership with Business Broadcasting for a new live and interactive internet radio show called "Living in the Flow" starting in May. Stay tuned for updates and information
P.P.S. What topic would you like me to discuss on my new show? What question do you need answered? Send your input to LivingintheFlow@live.com and I'll be sure to cover your topic and answer your questions.
* That's exactly the way the email arrived: with a blank space after "Dear." The personal touch.